History Book Reviews (page 936)

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"We are left with a detailed but superficial review of the important findings of several modern archaeologists. (8 pages b&w photos, not seen; 26 line drawings)"
In a whirlwind tour of 13 archaeological sites around the world, Fagan's sleepy, fact-heavy narrative fails to present major scientific discoveries as much more than the sum of their plodding details. Read full book review >
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Andrew has a sharp sense of the importance and impact of intelligence and a flair for creating a colorful historical tapestry. (37 b&w photos, not seen)"
A finely detailed story of American presidents and their relationship to the world of espionage and intelligence. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Groundbreaking cultural history."
A colorful, persuasive re-evaluation of 1920s New York City, pinpointing it as the birthplace of modern American culture. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Trying unsuccessfully to reconcile an uneasy mixture of writing about the war as a whole and about the life of Oslobodjenje in particular, Gjelten strays from reportorial rigor into a general lament for a ravaged land and people. (15 photos, 2 maps, not seen)"
An ambitious, partially rewarding attempt to recount the suffering and fortitude of Sarajevo, focusing on the work and workers of the daily newspaper Oslobodjenje. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Worldly-wise perspectives on a major shift within a government branch historically known for its rigid adherence to tradition."
A journalist's generation-spanning take on the US military's long march from humiliating defeat in Vietnam to decisive triumph in the Persian Gulf. Read full book review >

NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"A pity that, with a brand-new car more or less on the road, Lewin has been content to tinker with the old model."
At a time when a whirlwind has demolished the Soviet Union, a musty smell of old academic disputes pervades these essays and lectures by a veteran Sovietologist. Read full book review >
NO DISRESPECT by Sister Souljah
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Part fiery political diatribe, part searing sexual history, part unintentional psychological profile, Souljah throws more heat than light."
It must be hard being right all the time, but controversial rapper and black activist Sister Souljah doesn't mind, judging from her remarkably smug, occasionally uplifting memoir. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"For the precision of thought and expression, and the marriage of idealism and worldly savvy, stand as both an inspiration and a rebuke to citizens of the current republic."
The correspondence of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson reads as a quite modern set of documents. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Test Your Racial Issues IQ Test'' for those who want to make sure they don't put their foot in their mouth before sounding off in any arguments about race."
Chideya, a 1990 graduate of Harvard who worked as a staff reporter at Newsweek and is currently employed by MTV News, has taken upon herself no small task. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Some of the essays will be tough going for lay readers, but their range of approaches illustrates many legitimate ways to interpret law—original intent, views of natural law, plain meaning—and their inevitable links to political stances."
An erudite collection of essays, organized with an impressive internal logic by Eastland (Energy in the Executive, not reviewed), in which seven influential young constitutional scholars review some of the Supreme Court's most important decisions. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"In probing the history and reconstruction of a house, Hafner sheds light on the complicated and delicate reconstruction of memory and history. (8 pages photos, not seen)"
The tortured history of modern Germany is refracted in the story of a 19th-century villa and the lives of its diverse inhabitants. Read full book review >
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"News junkies, except those from Philadelphia, may want to skim."
A worthy but exhausting case study of the 1991 Philadelphia mayoral election, in which reporters emphasized the horse race over substantive issues. Read full book review >
Kirkus Interview
Katey Sagal
author of GRACE NOTES
April 10, 2017

In her memoir Grace Notes, actress and singer/songwriter Katey Sagal takes you through the highs and lows of her life, from the tragic deaths of her parents to her long years in the Los Angeles rock scene, from being diagnosed with cancer at the age of twenty-eight to getting her big break on the fledgling FOX network as the wise-cracking Peggy Bundy on the beloved sitcom Married…with Children. Sparse and poetic, Grace Notes is an emotionally riveting tale of struggle and success, both professional and personal: Sagal’s path to sobriety; the stillbirth of her first daughter, Ruby; motherhood; the experience of having her third daughter at age 52 with the help of a surrogate; and her lifelong passion for music. “While this book is sure to please the author’s many fans, its thoughtful, no-regrets honesty will no doubt also appeal to readers of Hollywood memoirs seeking substance that goes beyond gossip and name-dropping,” our critic writes. “A candid, reflective memoir.” View video >